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Independent Living Checklist: 3 Things to Look For – Social and Recreational

Independent Living Checklist: 3 Things to Look For – Social and Recreational  This post is the second of a five part Independent Living Checklist, featuring items to look when visiting senior living communities.  This post highlights the social and recreational aspect of retirement living.  We find so many seniors are not only looking for the peace of mind and ease that a full-continuum community offers, but many also want the neighbors and friends that accompany this lifestyle.  When visiting independent living and retirement communities, keep these points in mind:  1. What kinds of groups and individual recreation are offered?  Who schedules them?             All senior living communities are made up of individuals with an extensive history of hobbies and interests – and the events and programs should reflect this richness and variety.  The Lifestyles Coordinator should meet routinely with members to help design the calendar and drive specific programming. ...

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Independent Living: Senior Retirement Living

HOW TO STAY MARRIED LONGER by Mel Stone In early 2009, we asked Mel Stone, who lives at the Atrium at The Cedars, about the success of his long marriage with Fran Stone. Here’s how he replied: As Fran and I enter our 66th year of wedlock (is this something like gridlock?), we note more folks imagine us as experts on how to stay married that long. Or, more to the point how to stay happily married that long. Marriage counselors tell us that the two leading causes of marital friction are money and sex, but not necessarily because of a super abundance of either or both. I think the simple formula lies in the matter of controversy, or, rather, in avoiding it! Experience has taught that if one finds oneself involved in controversy with a marriage partner, don’t try to win. For in marital controversy winning a battle...

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Meet Contessa, Pet Therapy Expert!

Best Senior Living – ContessaPosted by Contessa, Pet Therapy Provider My name is Contessa. I am a six year old West Highland Terrier and I live at The Cedars. Actually, I don’t live there, but I am there every day and I have a bed there. My “mom” is President and CEO Kathy Callnan and she brings me to work with her every day! Sometimes I take naps in her office while she’s having meetings, but usually she wakes me up and tells me to “Go to work, Tessa!” So I do. My work is being a therapy dog. I visit with residents in the Hoffman Center every week. Sometimes I hear about their grandchildren or their own dogs and sometimes I just get my ears scratched. I like that a lot. My other job is helping my friends Kim Doyon and Janine Fifield run the Life Enrichment program....

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Help With Aging Parents: Six Ways to Make the Most of Visits – Part I

By Melanie Desjardins, Manager of Care Coordination at The Cedars Personal visits can make a big difference for loved ones who live at The Cedars.  Although our Life Enrichment Department offers several activities, arriving with a planned activity can make your visit more pleasant and meaningful for both you and your loved one. Here are five creative things to do while visiting: Bring photos of family and friends from days gone by and/or recent photos of their house or hometown. Help your loved one write letters or send cards to people. Together, start to create a photo album, framed photograph collection or a poster to hang in their room. Cook your favorite family meal together in our Life Enrichment kitchen. Create a life story to frame for all staff to see.  Write about the great life of your loved one! Play word and trivia games to keep your loved...

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Best Retirement Living: New Friends

Staying active and engaged with family and friends is so important to healthy aging. But during a long Maine winter, it can be difficult to get out of our homes and into the community. It is harder to try new things and make new friends when sidewalks need shoveling or roads are icy. And if you are living alone, it can be harder still. Many of our single members believe living at The Atrium has truly changed their lives for the better. Eileen Balladur is one of them. “Before my husband passed away, we usually socialized at home with family. The Atrium gave me the courage to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. I love everything about being here,” she says. Nervous about making friends if you move to The Atrium alone? Don’t be. The Atrium has an Ambassador program for new members. Eileen remembers...

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Best Retirement Living – Oktoberfest at The Atrium

This past Tuesday evening, the members at The Atrium enjoyed an authentic Oktoberfest celebration where chef Heath Pollard served specialties of the season that included sauerbraten, beef rouladen, spatzel and a variety of German ales.  Please enjoy this recipe from our kitchen for s’chee, otherwise known as shredded-cabbage soup.     S’chee – 12 servings 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons of butter 2 cans of condensed beef broth 2 soup cans of water 1 small head of green cabbage, coarsely shredded (5 cups) 2 carrots, sliced 2 medium potatoes, cubed 1 stalk celery (with leaves) sliced 2 tomatoes, cut up 1 teaspoon salt    Freshly ground pepper    Dairy sour cream    Dillweed or parsley Cook and stir onions in butter in Dutch oven until tender.  Add beef broth, water, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and celery. Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender,...

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Healthy Senior Living: It’s Time for your Flu Shot

An important message from Cedars Director of Nursing Susan Dionne-Jones: “It’s the beginning of flu season here in the Northeast and seniors can be especially vulnerable to this annual sickness. This virus-borne illness, characterized by fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, aching (including headaches) and tiredness, is unpleasant at least and can be life threatening. “Elderly people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best prevention is an annual vaccination. “According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, ‘people 65 years and older will have two flu shots available to choose from – a regular dose flu vaccine and a new flu vaccine designed for people 65 and older with a higher dose. The high dose vaccine is associated with a stronger immune response to vaccination. However, whether the stronger immune response results in greater protection against...

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Best Retirement Living: Socializing As We Age

Friend of The Cedars, Deb Bergeron, Life Coach and President of Ocean of Possibilities, has presented to The Cedars over the years and shares her thoughts on the importance of socializing as we age.  Enjoy Deb’s 10 Tips to Building Strong Connections.  “No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.” ~ Barbara de Angelis 1. Nourish your social relationships. Nourish relationships with siblings and cousins your own age; they’re most likely to stay with you through time and can remind you of your younger self. But don’t confine yourself to your own age group. Look for younger friends as well—yes, children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren count, too.  2. Learn for the love of it! Taking classes and attending lecture series can help improve your social connections and...

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Active Senior Living: Wellness at The Cedars

We’ve had a special guest at The Cedars for the past several days, John Rude, president of Age Dynamics based in Eugene, Oregon.  John as been discussing wellness for everyone in our community – and is creating a great deal of excitement in the process.  He has an extensive history of developing health and fitness programs for seniors in the US and Europe.  With master’s degrees in gerontology and business, he spent many years in disease management, and then in the early nineties shifted his focus towards prevention, growth and development.  John has spent time talking with The Cedars staff, members, residents and community to emphasize the following theme:   Regardless of our age, we have the capacity to grow, develop, modify and change John makes the point that we need to feel empowered in order to maintain our autonomy – and maintaining our autonomy becomes more important as we age.  John...

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